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Halle de la Machine in Toulouse. Unique visit of Giant machines

Halle de la Machine

Halle de La Machine is an absolutely amazing place. An extraordinary exhibition space with huge fantasy-themed automatons, ready to entertain the public and visitors.
It is located in the Montaudran district, on the outskirts of Toulouse, and every day offers demonstrations, shows and entertainment, in what was once the old Aéroposta track.

The undisputed protagonist is undoubtedly the Minotaur: a unique and monumental creature that can carry up to 50 people on each journey. Next to the Minotaur, there is the gigantic mechanical spider.
Admiring these mammoth creatures is truly breathtaking

In this spectacular place you will find truly incredible machines, from the smallest to the largest, brought back to life by real artists of mechanics and fantasy. Myths and legends come to life through constantly renewed sets.

La Machine is nothing more than an eclectic company from Nantes, founded in 1999 and directed by François Delaroziere. It was born from the collaboration of artists, technicians and exhibition fitters around the construction of atypical exhibits. The works focus mainly on theater, urban planning and architecture.
Thanks to his “Halle” he can experiment in front of the public with new arrangements for future shows. Also for the cinema.

Halle de la Machine Toulouse

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Halle de la Machine is located in the Montaudran district, south-east of Toulouse, about 8 kilometers from the center.
Coming from outside Toulouse, you can simply get off at the nearby Montaudran train station, connected by TER trains to the rest of the country.

From Toulouse, by bus, you can arrive with line 23, which stops a few minutes from the entrance. From the center, connections are guaranteed with the Basilica of Saint-Sernin, at the Jeanne d’Arc stop. The bus takes just under 30 minutes to reach the destination.


During your visit you can visit the following main places:

  • Minotaur. Gallops and rears, falls asleep and handles objects. It embodies life and provides a different perspective on places through its movements and immense dimensions. A mammoth creature of steel and wood, capable of carrying up to 50 people at the same time. 14 meters high, 13 meters long and 4 meters deep, with a total weight of over 43 tons: truly impressive measurements!
  • Spider. The most mobile and agile of all the creatures in the complex. It weighs 38 tons and at rest has a height of about 6 meters.
  • Halle.The main room where you can see up close, and touch with your hand, machines and objects intended for entertainment and film sets. From the smallest, which fit in the palm of the hand, to the largest. You will be guided by the team of “Veritable Machinists”, real experts in the sector.
  • Carré Sénart roundabout. Designed and built by François Delaroziere and the “La Machine” team, this imaginative structure attracts the visitor through an extraordinary game of perspectives. The central theme is movement.


The complex is accessible from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays and throughout the month of January for maintenance.
The excursion on the Minotaur takes place at the following times: 10:10 – 11:00 – 11:30 – 14:15 – 15:00 – 16:45
Carré Sénart observes a one-hour break between 13:00 and 14:00.

The price of tickets updated to 2022 is as follows:

  • Visit La Halle. Standard rate, € 9.50. Reduced, € 7. Super reduced, € 5.
  • Minotaur. Standard rate, € 9.50. Reduced, € 7. Super reduced, € 5.
  • The Halle + Minotaur COMBO Ticket. Standard rate, € 17. Reduced, € 12.5. Super reduced, €9.
  • Carré Sénart Roundabaut. Single rate of €3.50

The reduced rate applies to children from 13 to 17 years old. Super reduced for children aged 6 to 12. Children under 6 years of age and carers of the disabled enter for FREE.

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